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2009 Isolated Population Treatment Areas:
Dublin, California comments due January 12, 2009
Sonoma/Napa, California comments due January 12, 2009


USDA FAQ May 2008


2008 Light Brown Apple Moth National Survey Guidelines / Maps

USDA EA Public Comment Period

San Jose to be sprayed with Bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki - BT [comments should be received no later than May 23, 2008]
Sonoma (PDF; 4.05 Mb) [comments should be received no later than May 30, 2008]
Pescadero, California (June Treatment) (PDF; 8.17 Mb) [comment should be received no later than June 20, 2008]

Osama El-Lissy Director, USDA APHIS Emergency Management, 4700 River Rd. Unit 134 Riverdale, MD 20737. Phone 301 734-5459
EMAIL:
Osama.A.El-Lissy@aphis.usda.gov

AND Send a copy to:
Ed Schafer, Secretary of Agriculture United States Department of Agriculture 1400 Independence Ave. S.W. Washington, DC 20250 Email: AgSec@usda.gov

AND Send a copy to: eir@lbamspray.com


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Center for Plant Health Science and Technology CPHST Lab, Mission, Texas Lab "Developed a DNA-based method to identify immature LBAM in California "
Location: Edinburg, TX Phone: (956) 580-7301 Fax: (956) 580-7300 Contact: Paul Parker

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The USDA is looking for a new biochemical pesticide maker. 5/20/08
The Department of Agriculture Animal Plant Health Inspection Services plans on soliciting for and planning on awarding multiple indefinite delivery indefinite quantity contracts for light brown apple moth pheromone lures.
These four pages below make up a solicitation for bids to manufacture a new LBAM lure. These sheets include all the requirements, including the chemical make up of the lure. The first one is the original request, followed by three amendments. It was originally posted May 2, 2008 and the extended dead lline for bids is May 28, 2008.

1 / 2 / 3 / 4

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"The Homeland Security Branch consists of three senior analysts tasked with coordinating and overseeing APHIS’"

Strategic Partnership Program Agroterrorism

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USDA, FDA, DHS AND FBI JOIN STATES AND PRIVATE INDUSTRY TO PROTECT NATION'S FOOD AND AGRICULTURE SUPPLY FROM
AGROTERRORISM


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Our federal governmental agency (USDA) – United States Department of Agriculture, recently issued their 2008 “Environmental Assessment (EA)” of the “Treatment Program for Light Brown Apple Moth in California.” (Read report) Feb. 2008

USDA's reply to EA comments

Eradication of Isolated Populations of Light Brown Apple Moth in California, Environmental Assessment June 2007 (PDF; 953 Kb)

Eradication of Isolated Populations of Light Brown Apple Moth in California, Revised Environmental Assessment July 2007 (PDF; 150 Kb)

Senators Feinstein and Durbin Introduce Bill to Transfer Responsibility for Agriculture Inspections from DHS back to USDA US Senate bill 667

"ANALYSIS OF TOXICOLOGY STUDIES WITH LBAM AND RELATED LEPIDOPTERAN PHEROMONES" - prepared by Richard B. Philp, D.V.M., Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, The University of Western Ontario. He pokes holes in the USDA's report: "Treatment of Light Brown Apple Moth in the Seaside Area in California Environmental Assessment July 2007"

HOMELAND SECURITY Management and Coordination Problem Increase the Vulnerability of U.S. Agriculture to Foreign Pests and Disease

From our understanding the LBAM came into our country either partly or entirely becasue Department of Homeland Security (DHS) started inspecting incomming plants.

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Recommendations of the Technical Working Group
Technical Working Group Members:
Vic Mastro, USDA-APHIS-Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ), Cape Code, MA
Ken Bloem, USDA-APHIS-PPQ, Raleigh, NC
Eckehard Brockerhoff, ENSIS, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
Ring Carde, University of California, Riverside, CA (did not attend S.J. meeting)
Marshall Johnson, University of California, Riverside, CA
Dave Lance, USDA-APHIS-PPQ, Cape Code, MA
Don McInnis, USDA-ARS, Honolulu, HI Bob Staten, USDA-APHIS-PPQ (Ret.),
Phoenix, AZ
Max Suckling, HortResearch, Lincoln, Canterbury, New Zealand
Bill Woods, Department of Agriculture and Food, Perth,Western Australia


JAMA Reports on long-term exposure to fine particulate air pollution. CONCLUSION: Long-term exposure to combustion-related fine particulate air pollution is an important environmental risk factor for cardiopulmonary and lung cancer mortality.

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American Lung Association says "Particulate matter air pollution is especially harmful to people with lung disease such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)..."

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US EPA-United States Environmental Protection Agency says "scientific studies have linked particulate matter,... with a series of significant health problems, including: Premature death."





On October 16, 2007 Jim Warren with the USDA told the Santa Cruz Board of Supervisors and the rest of the community not to worry because the number of microcapsules / microspheres per square foot would be an average of 33. However, Duane Schnabel, primary biologist for the CDFA, collected and analyzed the collection cards from the October, 2007 spraying in Monterey and found that in spray zones, there were cards that had 809 microcapsules / microspheres per square foot.

We cannot trust their assurances of safety and estimated exposure levels!


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Government of South Australia says LBAM has, "Natural enemies of the egg, larvae and pupa can maintain adequate control of this pest if the predators have not been killed by orchard sprays for other pests"

Auckland, New Zealand Connection.
Yet again AG Kawamura caught in slanted truths. He claimed that pesticides were sprayed over urban areas in Auckland, New Zealand. However he failed to mention that they sprayed for the Painted Apple Moth and not the Light Brown Apple Moth. AG also failed to mention there was a major investigation which reveailed that that the "New Zealand government failed to meet the basic responsibility of a government to protect its citizens from physical harm." read more

 

  
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Aerial Application Manual

Agricultural Quarantine Inspection Monitoring (AQIM) Handbook

USDA Emergency Programs Manual see page 91
"Sociopolitical opposition prevents emergency action.
The plant pest is reclassified, so that it is no longer an actionable pest."


US EPA- Pesticides: Regulating Pesticides


Let's see what else the USDA lies about.

In 1997 and again in 2000, U.S. Title 50, Section 32 was actually revised to allow for exceptions in conducting experiments on unwitting citizens.

Recommendations of the Technical Working Group
2007

" $75 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR LIGHT BROWN APPLE MOTH ERADICATION"

"In addition, the 2009 Budget includes increases related to pests and diseases for a number of programs... light brown apple moth," page92


 

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